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Do You Think Golf and Rugby Should Be Olympic Sports?

The International Olympic Committee has selected golf and rugby sevens (a faster version of the traditional 15-to-a-team version) to be included in the 2016 games, over baseball, softball, karate, roller sports, and squash.

Tiger Woods will undoubtedly be a fan of the decision. As Woods recently said, "golf is a truly global sport and should have been in the Olympics a while ago." Interestingly enough, IOC president Jacques Rogge once played rugby for Belgium, although he did not participate in the vote. The IOC's recommendation will be voted on by the entire IOC assembly in October, which is considered a formality. In other news, women will be able to box for the gold in the 2012 games. Boxing was the only sport that didn't include female athletes.

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aphi3986 aphi3986 8 years
I don't think voting in October is just considered a formality. The committee suggested adding karate and squash to the 2012 Olympics but the IOC Assembly voted that down. I think golf and rugby have a better chance of reaching the 2016 games with Tiger Woods saying he'll compete but you never know what might happen.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
These are fine, but at least rugby would likely be a male-focused sport. Until softball comes back, I think that's bogus.
halfbakedjake halfbakedjake 8 years
It should say boxing was the only WINTER sport that did not include female athletes. Females are still not allowed to do ski jumping at the winter olympics, despite a strong push for it to be included in Vancouver.
lollofit lollofit 8 years
I think golf is a physically challenging sport, but there's already so many chances for international competition with it.
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 8 years
I think they should bring croquet back to the olympics..since it was the first sport to allow women into the olympics good old 1900s...
Vanonymous Vanonymous 8 years
I think they are both good additions. I think a lot of the golf haters have probably never tried the sport. It is extremely difficult. I agree that it's not your typical endurance/strength sport, but it takes a whole lot of skill, accuracy and commitment.
weffie weffie 8 years
Yay Rugby! Boo Golf!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Rugby, most definitely! That is a sport that takes some serious athletic ability and doesn't get enough exposure, especially in the US. I've never really considered golf to be an athletic sport and I'm pretty surprised that it beat out karate and squash. You'd think they'd want to pick sports that involve some action in the lineup so people would want to watch.
star26 star26 8 years
It bothers me that they took away softball from the Olympics, but now they want to add these sports? I don't understand what motivates the Olympic Committee to add and/or remove sports other than money!
kclulu kclulu 8 years
Rugby is a great athletic and competitive sport and would be a great addition. Golf already has numerous international tournmanets and it doesn't seem like it needs yet another venue. Since rugby isn't as huge in the states as it is in other countures, it would be great to see more of it, besides it seems like a sport that the fans would really get behind.
TrnSmleShiftRpt TrnSmleShiftRpt 8 years
I am just dissapointed that squash didn't get in. I think it requires much more physical prowess than golf does. Rugby is a great addition, but squash has been overlooked and as a squash player, it's upsetting.
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 8 years
Rugby truly is an Olympic sport. The athletic prowess of those players is unreal. Good decision, International Olympic Committee!
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
rugby rugby rugby ra ra ra! south africa needs to win SOME gold :P
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm so bored by golf, and aren't there already a million national and international tournaments? But rugby would be awesome.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
if anyone has ever seen an actual rugby match, those players are ATHLETES. this would be so fun.
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